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Selma athlete makes college choice

Selma High’s Dion Nelson verbally committed to play football at the University of North Alabama over the weekend.

Nelson, who plays quarterback and receiver for Saints, will make it official during the NCAA Signing Period.

The 6-foot-4 Nelson had a Football Bowl Subdivision offer from Akron and three Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) offers: Jacksonville State, Tennessee-Martin and North Alabama.

“I’d like to thank all of the coaches and schools that offered me,” Nelson said. “I thank God for this opportunity.”

Nelson is an honor student who has already qualified academically to play as a true freshman next year.

Nelson said his family, parents Stoney Pritchett and Stacie Pritchett and younger brother DaKaari Nelson were the driving force behind him.

“I would like to thank my mom and dad for pushing me day in and day out, they have been nothing but supportive from little league to now,” Nelson said. “I thank my little brother for bringing out the best in me since we were little,” Nelson said.

Nelson also credited Selma High, Sumter Central and Meridian High School for his development into a Division I football player.